2C) Much improved standard of water to be supplied to selected towns receiving non-potable water through targeted upgrades

About this project

GVW supplies six towns with non-potable water. These are Corop, Goulburn Weir, Kirwan’s Bridge, Molesworth, Strathbogie and Woods Point.
We are progressively working to upgrade the water in these towns in line with customer preferences, based on thorough engagement with each community. This individualised approach allowed us to discuss residents’ concerns and thoughts in detail. As part of this project, we’re undertaking assessments to improve water pressure, and reduce the impacts of changes in water quality.

Actions to date

In-depth one-on-one meetings have been held with residents in three of the six towns supplied with non-potable water to investigate and develop potential improvement options based on town consensus. Initial investigations into potential improvement options for some towns have been carried out.
In the past year, we’ve carried out a significant amount of options assessments for our non-potable supplied towns. We’ve also made a number of improvements to systems, including in Woods Point where there is a new clear water storage and ancillary facilities, and new high-lift pumps in Corop. Baxters Rd has a new disinfection dosing system and analysers to monitor source water quality, and a new tank has been constructed at Goulburn Weir to support an alternate supply in the event of a blue-green algae bloom.
In consultation with the community, we’ve also installed a new permanent hydration station in Strathbogie, which is connected to a monitoring tank to provide a drinking water supply to bike riders and day hikers in a boost to local tourism.
This work builds on the new monitoring and dosing systems installed at Goulburn Weir in the previous year.

What's next?

We’ll continue to engage with individual towns on options for improvement. We’re going to assess options that other water utilities have put in place - for example, TasWater and water services partner Trillity have installed container units to some of their supplies, which may be compatible/cost-effective for us.

Our accountability for this project

We will develop options for water quality improvement in consultation with the community by June 30, 2019, and agreed improvement option for at least two towns will be developed by 30 June 2021.

If improvements are needed, agreed improvement options for remaining towns developed by 30 June 2023. Based on priority and above dates, each customer of each impacted town will receive a GSL
credit of $50 per year for each year of the delay.

For this information in PDF form, click here to download the factsheet (PDF: 392KB)